- Areas of Interest:
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Leadership development
- Manhood and masculinities
- Student development
Professor Brian Richardson Jr. was the former director for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the O’Neill School, where he is also an adjunct professor.
As diversity officer, Richardson has worked on a grant to provide cultural competency training throughout the state of Indiana, focusing on confronting acts of bias and discrimination for healthcare professionals and early childhood practitioners. He has also strategically implemented cultural competency trainings for faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
Richardson has been honored at the national, state, and local level for his commitment to diversity and to creating change. In 2019, he received the Power of the Future Award from the Forum on Workplace Inclusion.
He has also held a variety of leadership positions in higher education and in the community. Richardson is the former co-chair for the NASPA Region IV East African American Knowledge Community for the state of Indiana. At IU, he is the vice chairperson for the Black Faculty and Staff Caucus. Locally, he served as the former vice chairperson on the Commission for the Status of Black Males through the Office of the Mayor. In 2016, he created Krimson Leadership Academy, a mentoring academy for fourth through sixth grade boys.
Richardson’s work has been featured in TEDx, the Big Ten Network, and local media.
After completing his undergraduate education at Culver Stockton College, Richardson earned a Master of Science in Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University.